The Studio at The Slade Centre provides the perfect setting for exhibiting
contemporary art. For visiting artists it can both inspire and
promote creativity.


Since it opened in 2000, The Slade Centre has built an enviable reputation for showing some of the very best works by contemporary artists from the South West and beyond, and has established itself as one of the most important and exciting exhibiting spaces in the area.

On Saturday, 12 October the first exhibition of the new season opens. 'Drawing on Dorset' features work made in Dorset, of Dorset and about Dorset. This exhibition and the associated publication explore current themes, trends and innovations in contemporary drawing practice.

In January 2019 Dorset Visual Arts, the organisation behind Dorset Art Weeks and such initiatives as ‘Making Dorset’, put out an open call to artists for work which questions and pushes the boundaries of what drawing is and can be. A panel, which included Professor Anita Taylor - Director of Drawing Projects UK and the founding Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project; Tania Kovats - Artist and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University; Deborah Harty - Artist and Researcher; and Tim Knowles - Artist and Curator, looked for drawing in all its possibilities. From the work submitted they selected 36 drawings which span the figurative and the abstract, the physical and the digital. These drawings are featured in a publication entitled ‘Drawing on Dorset’ and are to be shown in an exhibition at The Slade Centre in October*.

Professor Anita Taylor has written the foreword to the publication in which she says:

‘The selected drawings .. all celebrate a breadth of drawing practice made in response to the creative stimulus of Dorset itself. Here, drawing and the county of Dorset are simultaneously explored through material investigation and interpretation’.

The following artists are included in the exhibition and publication:Amanda Wallwork / Andy Fung / Angela Charles / Anna Morris / Bonnie Brown / Caroline Liddington / Carrie Mason / Chris Dunseath / David Atkins / Day Bowman / Debbie Lee / Ed Frith / Elaine Collett / Emma Davies / Fay Stevens / Faye Bowden / Fiona Campbell / Fiona Robinson / Fran Norton / Fran Quinlan / Frances Hatch / Helen Dean / Helen Simpson / Holly Yates / Ilona Skladzien / Jem Main / Jeremy Gardiner / Jindra Jehu / Julia Hutton / Katy Shepherd / Lisa Richardson / Martyn Brewster / Maureen Nathan / Paul Newman / Sarah Hough / Su Fahy

The exhibition and associated publication have been produced by Dorset Visual Arts and Evolver Magazine.

The Slade Centre is on The Square in Gillingham, Dorset, and is open from 10.30am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday each week.

*While every effort will be made to include all the drawings illustrated in the publication, in a few instances this may not be possible however, artists have provided alternatives.Shown above are works by Elaine Collett and Jem Main.

For further information on this and other forthcoming exhibitions, or to discuss the possibility of exhibiting at The Slade Centre, contact Anne Hitchcock at the address below.



As those who have participated in a class or workshop at The Slade Centre will attest, The Studio is the perfect space in which to work and is available for hire to artists for short, concentrated periods of work. It is hoped that this will be of benefit to those who wish to take time away from their normal working schedules, perhaps to complete a body of work; to develop new ideas; or rethink their practice in some way.

One of those artists who has made use of The Studio to complete a major body of work is Elaine Collett who used the space to continue explorations begun during an MA at Arts University Bournemouth. She speaks enthusiastically of her time working in The Studio and says...

‘If it hadn’t been for this space I would never have been able to carry on with the work which I started at Bournemouth. I have been able to paint much larger pieces than would otherwise have been possible, and the peace and quiet has enabled me to focus properly without interruptions. And of course the light is fantastic!’

As work progresses on the ground floor of The Slade Building it is clear that there will be more space for more artists to develop their practice as Elaine has done.

To discuss hiring The Studio for your own project, or using other spaces at The Slade Centre, please contact Anne Hitchcock at the address below.


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